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Prairie Tulsa Rugby Ale - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Tulsa Rugby AlePrairie Tulsa Rugby Ale

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36 Reviews
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Reviews: 36
Hads: 276
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 26.58%
Wants: 11
Gots: 57 | FT: 2
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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) | 5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: russpowell on 07-18-2013

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Photo of Chris_Huston
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I'm pretty sure I got a bad bottle since there was definite sediment at the bottom, like heavily sitting there. Had to run water into the bottle to remove it. So I'm sure this is better than what I had, but I think I got the basic idea. Like others have said, it tastes more like an IPA than an APA, medium hoppy, piney; cloudy light-citrus color, foams readily and hangs around. Decent texture and body for a pale ale. I'm not an IPA fan, so I don't think I'd like this even at it's best, but it's probably good for the style, just more as moderately hoppy pine/citrus IPA.

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Has all the makings of a great pale ale (look + smell), aside from the flavor - where it underwhelms; finish is a little metallic. Almost like they started making a gose and forgot to finish it. Love Prairie but this one is just so-so at best

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Photo of jw4free
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: poured a huge white head. Fades slow, lots of lacing. Cloudy yellow wheat look. S: excellent piney and citrus notes. T: weak, sort of stale grains. Does not match the great hoppy smell. F: nice tingle. Good hop bite. O: this pale ale is not bad.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a single bottle after returning from a trip to Tulsa. This is kind of wheaty, with a hint of banana. The cool label art was worth a quarter point.

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Photo of HopHunter19
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle picked up right after it showed up on the shelves at my favorite local store, which is only 2 hours from Krebs OK so i'm assuming this is fresh.

A - a little hazy, nice white fluffy head. Nice lacing
S - has some good fruit character to it, but nothing out of this world. Definitely getting an earthy yeast smell coming from this too, and a weird skunkiness that almost reminds me of drinking Heineken back in the day
T - Definitely interesting, has it's own character for sure. Decent fruit character. Earthy. Yeast flavors present.
M - light-medium, alc covered, aftertaste is standard pale ale flavors
O - nothing to write home about, a good lawn mowing or chilling watching the game kind of beer

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is floral and very grassy. Resin resonates.

Flavor is grassy, with a lightly citrusy undertone and a moderately bitter finish. Becomes herbal as it warms.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a pretty yeasty pale ale as they go. a good one, but not as impressive as i had hoped, and maybe a shade behind the best of what these guys are capable of. its cloudy for sure, especially in the bottom of the bottle. head is nice though, and lasting. almost chalky milky looking, but good. smells hoppy too, less bitter more leafy and vegetal, almost spice at times, and the beer is heavy for what it is, wheat and yeast in combination i think, but i like the weight, its wintery and sturdy. maybe a little less flavorful than it could be, or than it should be. i thought there would be more hops to it, its pretty simple. as rustic and full as it is, its a little bland compared to expectations, but refreshing still, and well carbonated, and well made. for some reason i still expect the world from every prairie bottle, which is a stretch for sure, considering at least half of them are just okay, but the ones that rock really blow the doors off it, and i always seem to hold them to that standard. more interesting than an average craft pale ale, but not quite as dynamic as it might be. high B from me.

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Photo of dowen17
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden yellow with minimal head and lacing. Left the last bit in the bottle due to yeast.

On the nose is some citrus, wheat and grain notes. Some peppery scent comes through on the end. A little bit of alcohol.

Taste is a bit piney. Has a bit of wheat taste that settle on the middle of the tongue. Finish is a slight bit funky with a good bit of alcohol. Weird for a beer that is only a bit above 5%.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Great carbonation. Light but not thin at all.

Overall this is a good beer. If you can get your hands on it it's definitely worth the try.

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Photo of beergoot
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Apricot gold color; mild haze; aggressive carbonation; thick, chunky, white head. Fruity aroma; pineapple and pine resin. Citrus flavor, like old orange; yeasty; bready; bold hop bitterness. Medium body; crisp and biting; mostly dry finish.

A decent, flavorful pale ale that offers a punchy, citrus flavor with an interesting combination of soft yeast tones and a strong hop bitterness. The final pour revealed a lot of yeast sediment that really clouded the body. Unique enough and plenty tasty...

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Honey amber color with a one finger head poured. Some lacing present when consumed.

Aroma- Bright hoppy smells of citrus, pine, and tropical notes.

Taste- As the nose let on this is a hoppy pale ale bordering on a ipa, but it definitely isn't. The bright hop flavors (same as the nose) are offset by slight bread/caramel malt that becomes noticeable on the back end. The finish is a down side to this beer with a dry bland bread flavor.

Mouthfeel- Smooth slightly creamy. Easy drinking with no bitterness.

Overall- Nice hop flavors in this pale ale, but the malts kind of give this an awkward finish. Overall its very good and worth a try.

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Photo of shadetree67
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - A golden amber color. Strong pour yielded a 1/2 finger head which dissipated quickly. While drinking there was no lacing

Smell - Pineapple and pale male

Taste - The taste is light and slightly hoppy. I mainly taste the malt. Perhaps this isn't very fresh? There isn't a date on the bottle

Mouthfeel - Lower end on the carbination scale

Overall - This is a decent APA but nothing mind blowing.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled dated consume before 20151001 poured into a Spieglau IPA glass. Good appearance, moderately appealing nose, enjoyable taste, with a weak finish. Enjoyable, but I won't be buying again.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present that I can see, to my surprise. A new 'American Pale Ale' style to me from Prairie, acquired a single bottle at the local beer store.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a crisp juicy hazed golden orange body, small flecks of sediment seen floating in the glass. About two fingers of thick frothy white head with good staying power, that leaves behind fluffy scattered strands of lace. Looks very nice.

S - A soft, fruity, citrusy aroma. Pale bready malts meet notes of lemongrass, pineapples, peaches, mangoes, papaya, a bit of yeast presence. Not the traditional grapefruit / pine resin aromas normally associated with that of an IPA.

T - Taste follows the nose: a soft, juicy, fruity, floral flavor. Notes of pineapple, peaches, mangoes, papaya - soft tropical fruitiness. Balanced bready malts / yeast presence. Maybe some subtle notes of rye malt? Simple, but it hits it's mark.

M - Crisp, juicy, bready, & dry / yeasty in the finish. Easy-drinking, with light to moderate bitterness present. Light-bodied, with good crisp carb.

Overall, a simple, yet approachable and drinkable pale ale. 'Sessionable' too I suppose, if this beer was more readily available in 6 packs. Not terribly impressive, but worth a try.

Prairie Tulsa Rugby Ale -----4/5.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a full 2-3 finger head. Smell is of lemon zest and floral hops, giving it a much more IPA-like aroma rather than a pale ale. The taste is citrus, bread or biscuit, lavender, with sweet, almost honey-like notes.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out to a permanent 1/2 inch frothy head and hazy orange gold. Aroma is hoppy (citrus, tropical fruit, grass and pine) and estery/yeasty with a decent whiff of malt. Flavor is hoppy and juicy with a earthy/spicy herbal finish. Mouthfeel is medium and good CO2. Good stuff.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a Dog Fish Head IPA glass

A - Pours a hazy/ruddy burnt orange, firm 2 finger head that droops average lacing.

S - Earthy yeast, green vegetal hops, green peppers, chives, spicy floral, lemon, not-sweet grapefruit rind, rustic, peppery, generic pale malts.

T - Bittering hops upfront, earthy floral, rustic woody hops, lemon oils, spicy herbal notes, bitter grapefruit oils runs strong against pale toasted barley, citrus comes out more as it warms along with some resinous pine. The finish is bitter greens with toasted grassy afterthought.

M - Full bodied, hefty feel, moderate whipped/creamy carbonation,

I like the different hop profile. Non-typical and complex. Plenty of hops with a rustic yeast pushing back. The more I drink this the more I like it. This is a stand out among it's class.

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Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a chill-hazed bronze/amber with a thumb of cream colored head. Never quite clears up, above average lacing & head retention

S: Pineapple, grapefruit & breadyness

T: Grapefruit, a touch of woody hops, breadyness & some pear up front. Apricot mixed with much grapefruit & grapefruit pith, plus a touch of aspirin & just little bit of pineapple, a bit of peppery hops as this warms. Finishes juicy, peppery & citrussy

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation, nicely balanced, juicy

Super easy to drink, somewhat hop forward for the style, but it works. Not as mind-blowing as some of the other beers Prairie makes, but is a solid/welcome addition to the Okie beer scene. This will be in the rotation as long as I can get it

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Herf!

Appearance: medium orange, hazy, bright off white head, two fingers, some lacing.

Aroma: floral, grassy, herbal hops, some mild pine with light sweet juicy fruity sweetness.

Taste: dry, grassy hops, light citrus, rustic yeast esters, light citrus fruit sweetness.

Mouthfeel: lighter bodied, creamy feel, good solid carbonation, clean and easy drinking.

Overall: well done, solid pale ale. Doesn't push any limits, but is easily quaffable and tasty without a whole lot of bitterness.

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Photo of goochpunch
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed apricot honey body. Thin head. Clean nose - light pale malts, citrus hops. Taste is crisp and bright with a touch of toasted malt. Nice citrus oil hop profile. Mouthfeel is light with a moderate carbonation. Solid old school American pale.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/5/15.

Pours a murky golden-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, tropical fruit, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, tropical fruit, and pine needle flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with great citrus and tropical hop aromas and tasty flavors.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of denver10
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a firey orange-copper with a nice dirty white head. Aroma is orange peel, toasted bread, pine and some gum coming from the Prairie yeast. Flavor follows suit. A creamy, active mouthfeel. Overall, this is a really damn good classic APA with the addition some of Prairie's unique yeast. It is not, however, close to being worth $10.50 a 4 pack as I paid. Points docked for the obscene price.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper to gold in color and extremely murky. There's a fingernail of off white covering the majority of the top. Lively aroma of dank grassy, piney hops. I taste a nice blend of piney hops and light malt. The mouth is very light, smooth, and quaffable. There's a lot of flavor and you can drink this all day.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the classic "American" pale ale has worn tiresome on the palates of the contemporary beer drinker, a more hop-forward flavor emerges- one with elevated, and often newer and more exotic hop flavors, and a body that's drier, crisper and cleaner. Yet without reverting directly to a more session-type IPA, Prairie has found out how to catch the eye of beer lovers and keeping the style relevant in Tulsa Rugby Ale.

With a slightly burnish goldenrod pour, the beer builds a lofty cotton-like head that entices the eye and draws the senses closer to its tropical fruit and citrus perfume. And as its honey-like, biscuity sweetness rolls onto the tongue, a balanced taste is realized early.

Somewhat British-like in its malt creaminess and supple sweetness, a hint of marmalade pulls from the hop flavors, redolent with ripe oranges, pink grapefruit, apricot and mango. Its honey and thin caramel taste relaxes and allows the ale to follow and IPA track into a softly resinous, lemon leaf, pinecone finish.

Crisp, malty and moderate, the medium-bodied beer is more supple in its sweetness and less caramelized than its ancestor examples of a decade ago. And though the hops take center stage, the ale finishes quite impecibly balanced as it trends malty-dry and leafy bitter in after tow.

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Photo of Ri0
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12 oz bottle into snifter. Shout out to Ken for sending this to me.

A - A nice looking cloudy apricot orange. Good 2 finger white head forms and leaves a collar with splotchy lacing.

S - Big citrus aroma, grapefruit, orange, and some apricot. Nice floral hops with a bit of straw and hint of funk. Sweet biscuit malts fill it in.

T- Fruity and citrus, grapefruit, orange, apricot. More floral hops with a touch of bitterness. Some balance is found with the sweet biscuit maltiness.

M - Light bodied with a citrus, bitter, dry finish. Carbonation holds up well.

O - Just another great beer from Prairie Ales. The OK state is doing much better than "Okay."

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy, cloudy, murky orange. Probably not the most beautiful looking pale ale color I have seen. But a fluffy white head of about 2.5 fingers, along with fantastic retention and lacing make up for the color.

S- Wonderful hop profile get it started. Can almost smell the stickiness. Grapefruit pith, orange peel, and slight pine. Enough of a sweet, bready malt base to stand up to it.

T- Nice balance here. I enjoy the apricot and juicy fruits together with all the characteristics that the nose leads with. I also found a surprising, yet wonderfully timed touch of spice/pepper in the finish. I delightful surprise to say the least.

M- dry as can be. Mid body that borders on being a little heavy for the style. Near chewy almost, but finds a way to still go down fairly easy. Nice warmth in the back of the throat, and just the right amount of carbonation.

O- Another impressive brew from PAA. This brewery just seems to get me. Rugby flows well with a number of layers.

$9.99 for a 6 pack

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